Yes, Spring did arrive…

I was wrong about summer coming early. The sizzling hot temps lasted about two days. It did fry our early red tulips in the birdbath garden but our mid-season white tulips emerged and were greeted by seasonal New England temperatures…. warm days and cool nights.

spring blooms 2018


After a day of glorious rain yesterday, we woke today to our customary cool spring today.  White tulips against a groundcover of “Tide Hill” box brightens up this border before any sunlight appears over the woodland surrounding us. “Tide Hill” is a wonderfully compact littleleaf boxwood that is tolerant of our icy, cold winters and does fine during hot, humid spells during the summers. It only grows about a foot in height but will spread about 4 feet in diameter. It’s a perfect groundcover for our garden entry highlighted by a few florals…. and eventually “Karley Rose” fountain grass in a container. Both the box and fountain grass were purchased at Rolling Green Nursery in New Hampshire.


New to the border this spring is “Starlight Sensation,” a new hybrid daffodil (below) from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester VA.  It won the “Best Daffodil” at the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show so I was on the phone to order that day. This is its first season but eventually we should have multiple nodding blooms per stems.  The buds are a shade of yellow and open to a creamy white.



Three shades of muscari will eventually spread and fill certain borders… this one with a backdrop of “Becky” daisies. I worried because the muscari green leaves were perfect fodder for our bunny. They were eaten to the ground several times but we have regrowth and blooms. Bunny has moved on to clover.


That’s it for the bulbs but herbs are looking good, serviceberry trees are glorious and crabapple tree is ready to burst on the scene with pink blossoms. More to come…..

23 thoughts on “Yes, Spring did arrive…

  1. I have box envy. I am also a Virginian trying to recreate a southern feel garden on mid coast Maine (5b). My box took a terrible hit this year. Can you tell me how you protect them during the winter? Do you have any in containers? Your garden is so pretty, please help. Thank you

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    • Thanks so much for the compliment. I really don’t do anything to protect them during the winter. Snow is an insulator so unless I see a box dividing under the weight, I leave snow on the shrubs. I have grown box in urns in zone 7 but not in New Hampshire. After two years contained, the roots tell me they need to be planted in the ground. Box roots are shallow but wide. The rule of thumb in year round container gardening is to select a plant that is hardy two zones colder than yours.


      • I should have mentioned Vapor Gard as an antidessicantif your boxwood problem was severe winter burn. I use it on my holly shrubs to prevent moisture loss and I know it can be used on boxwood, too.


  2. Hi Annie
    Do you know if the boxwood you mentioned will thrive in our area, and is it listed as not susceptible to boxwood blight?
    I would love to have a low growing border around my kitchen garden. The English boxwood is getting too large.
    Saw Billy, Priscilla and Peggy during Garden Week.
    Had a great Daffodil showing and have passed most of the requirements for being an ADS judge. I student judged for the first time this year.
    Love to Mr. Gardener and Bunny

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    • Hi Daisy! Yes, I think the Tide Hill will do nicely in Williamsburg VA. Are you zone 7b? It’d be a perfect choice around a kitchen garden as it’s such a slow grower. It is Korean so less susceptible to blight but, like all box, I think there’s a possibilily of infection. You are smart to have your box treated.
      Heard your Garden Week was fabulous in spite of some sprinkles. Bill had a blast, loved the homes and arrangements, and adored meeting your club members!
      Congratulations to you for becoming an ADS judge. I’m not AT ALL surprised and I’m excited for you. You will do a great job.


    • Well…. I really didn’t LET him eat the muscari but how to stop a hungry bunny? When I witnessed the deed, I clapped my hands to discourage him and threw out some food to distract him. That worked for awhile. He is so adorable so couldn’t stay mad for long.


    • Daffies are one food that animals don’t eat. The bunny sure loved the tulips though! We don’t see the bunny much anymore but bet we’ll be introduced to its young in a couple of weeks. 😏


  3. What are the white tulips? Do all white tulips have that light stripe up the middle of the petals? If I ever get around to growing a few, I want to grow ‘Maureen’, which is the cheap and common white. I am told that they look like eggs on sticks, but if I am going to grow tulips, I want to grow white ones!

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  4. It is truly a lovely spring day at your house. Like your boxwood because mine were hit hard by the snow and cold. I’ve got lots and lots of trimming to do, and I can’t imagine I’ll be able to get them anywhere near the same size because of the damage. I think I’d take them out except I’m not sure I could get them out. Glad the bunny moved onto a new diet. 🙂

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    • My box always have some winter burn but I’ve pretty been lucky so far. They just get a haircut in the spring. Those wet, heavy snows we had this winter can snap branches so I watch that carefully.

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  5. Wow….I did not know we were so far ahead of you in the gardens in Virginia. Most of your aformentioned flora has expended here…but, more to come!

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